Public Health Preparedness

The Jones County Health Department is coordinating with county and state initiatives to insure the readiness of Jones County residents in the event of a disaster.

Family Preparedness

Planning now on how you and your family would respond to any emergency, whether at home, school, work or in transit, will help you and your family remain calm, think clearly and react appropriately to any disaster scenario. Your plans should include the following:

  • Phone numbers of a pre-designated contact person for family members to call should you become separated
  • Locations of shelters for pets
  • How to be safe if you remain in your home during a disaster
  • Locations of emergency shelters


For more information on the Strategic National Stockpile and the impact on NC residents, please click here.


Primary emergency shelters for Jones County residents include:


Jones County Civic Center

832 Highway 58 South

Trenton, NC 28585

Comfort Elementary School 4384 Highway 41 West

Trenton, NC 28585

Maysville Elementary School 808 Sixth Street

Maysville, NC 28555

Secondary emergency shelters for Jones County residents include:

Pollocksville Elementary School 300 Trent Street

Pollocksville, NC 28573Jones Senior High School1490 Highway 58 South

Trenton, NC 28585Trenton Elementary School188 Elementary School Lane

Trenton, NC 28585Jones Middle School190 Old New Bern Road

Trenton, NC 28585

  • Evacuation Routes

Highway 58 North to Highway 70 West
Highway 17 to Highway 58 North
Highway 41 East to Highway 70 West
Highway 41 West to Highway 258 North
Highway 258 North to Highway 70 West

Be sure to assemble an emergency preparedness kit and keep it in a convenient, readily accessible location. You should have one for your home, office, and automobile. Self-preparedness not only increases you and your family’s ability to survive but also reduces the workload of first responders, emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement.


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Natural Disasters


The most common natural disasters experienced in North Carolina include hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter weather. The resources below will help prepare you and your family in the event of one of these natural disasters.


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Click the links below to view the video,” Get Ready, North Carolina.” This 23-minute video includes tips on how to properly prepare for a hurricane.

 Get Ready, North Carolina (For Windows)

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 Get Ready, North Carolina (For QuickTime)

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Biological, Chemical & Nuclear Attacks

Since the events of September 11, 2001, and the Anthrax scares of October 2001, there has been a great deal of attention on public health’s role in emergency response, particularly in relation to Weapons of Mass Destruction, or WMD. WMD include biological, chemical, or nuclear threats. Preparedness activities for WMD threats differ from natural events such as hurricanes, flooding, etc. People affected by a biological agent may take days to develop symptoms and seek medical care; a large geographic area may be affected, or persons may travel long distances and unknowingly infect others, including hospital personnel. Developing appropriate public health response has been on the agenda at the national, state, and local levels. This response resulted in the creation of the Homeland Security Advisory System, a color-coded terrorism threat advisory scale. The different levels trigger specific actions by federal agencies and state and local governments, and they affect the level of security at some airports and other public facilities.


Outbreaks – Contagious Diseases

Contagious diseases such as colds, the flu, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, mumps, measles, rubella, smallpox or chicken pox, can be spread by coughs, sneezes, handshakes or touching surfaces that are contaminated with tiny droplets from a person’s nose or mouth. There has recently been concern of a pandemic flu. North Carolina has planned for a pandemic flu and will respond to a pandemic just as it has to past natural disasters.






For more information regarding Public Health Preparedness, please contact the health department at 252-448-9111. Interpreter services available if needed.